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Why does it have to be either/or? In this ALT-C paper by Laura Czerniewicz et al highlight the use of mobile phones by South African students where their choice is determined to some extent by their circumstances. People/students will seize whatever opportunities present themselves to access information and services that attract them and are useful to their lives.
Socio-economic factors will influence choice of access technology. Personally, when my darling iPhone does not shape up I resort to desktop - but I am lucky enough to have that choice. Not everyone does.

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Frances - I do not think it is either/or, but may have given the impression that I think that it is. Indeed the quoted excerpt ends "Technological progress in devices and networks seems to have rendered the debate moot: the important thing is that internet access will be on its way to becoming as widespread as mobile phones", and the chart compares mobile internet access with fixed. Seb

Thanks for the pointer to this very interesting Economist piece, Seb. It raises important issues. Amongst other things, I am intrigued by how different the figures are about mobile penetration, as local reputable figures have South Africa down as 67% penetration which is far cry from 100% as reported here by the ITU rep. Funnily enough I have just blogged about these sorts of issues. Laura

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